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today, they are flying airplanes over iraq into syria to help one of their allies. you mention that everyone at every level has talked to al- maliki about that and you will continue. what is his response when you say you would like him to cooperate with us in our interests? what does he exactly say in response to our efforts? >> the response is typically to express concern about the events in syria. they are very clear that both the prime minister and other iraqi officials have no interest in saying the current government continue, that they are no friends of that regime, that regime has been hostile to them in the past and allow terrorists to come into iraq and been harmful to democracy and institutions and the people in iraq. they are interested in seeing that there is a clear outcome in syria that protects their interests. there have been a little trouble seeing that. >> what about the aerospace issue? why are they continuing to cooperate with iran and that effort? what can they tell you specifically regarding that? what is their response? >> they say engage in all parties a
policy in dealing with iraq and afghanistan? if you are not satisfi, what you think president obama should consider in a way of changes? >> i am not satisfied. as a libertarian, i seek a world at peace with other nations. i look to thomas jefferson's quotation for inspirion. peace, converse -- commerce, -- america should stop acting as the world's policeman. i do believe in a strong national defense, but the optimum board is defense, not offense. we do not have the mour money cy spent here at home. >> todd akin. >> it is important to have a foreign policy to start with. you have to have some basic principles, the guidelines. that needs to an acute -- includingraq, afghanist, a whole lot of other countries as well. the problem is we have not had that. what it seems like the vacillating policies we have almost punished our friends and helped o enemies. we decided to turn our backs on two of our allies, the czech republic and poland. we had plans to build missile defense. we gave that is a concession to russia. how much has russia helped us with iran? how much has russia helped us with
for not being forthcoming. remember that there was the war in iraq. there was a strong push on the part of the europeans, especially britain, germany, and france not to go to the security council because they saw iran going the way of iraq. going to the security council would be a mandate for war. countries like france had been at odds with the united states over iraq and did not want to be at odds with the u.s. over iran, but wanted to stop the united states from doing what it did to iraq. we had a dramatic event where the foreign ministers of germany, in october, 2003, struck an agreement where iran would embark on uranium enrichment. it is the ultimate in dual use technology. it had the united states stepping back and britain, germany, and france became known as the eu3. in november of 2004, iran went along with this saying they would also be a part of uranium enrichment. but he doesn't buy, eu3 was submitting a proposal to iran promising help for its program. this is where you get another big in theme. the eu3 was unable to do anything because the and the states was not there. they
of iraq, china, iran, the civilizations are very difficult to negotiate. therefore, there's no way but negotiations, but the way you address or you entreat iran is -- if you just tell them what to do and they say okay, sir, we'll do it right away, don't expect that. >> we are almost out of time. i would like to ask one very final, brief question, and ask for brief comments if you wish. there have been some articles, some commentary with respect of journals, that, well, the flipside of the theory, which would be to find a way to bring iran into final compliance with some sort of agreement, and here comes the thought, to make iran a gain toroo guarantor of this system of nuclear nonproliferation, is there in iran, from what you've just said, i get the sense that this could become an attractive idea or may be an attractive idea for some sectors in iran's society. please, brief comments, because those hypotheses have been written in journals, in the united states. >> if i could follow on from what i just said, if you go ahead and read the article, that i showed on the screen, and could
affiliation, i would be grateful. why don't we start here in front? yes. ok - that's fine. >> i served in iraq recently and i would be curious as to whether the report gives attention to the work we have done in iraq. there were a number of projects that n.e.d. was involved in in iraq and the republican institute assisting the iraqis preparing for elections. i was working at the provincial reconstruction team level. we have voter education as one project. we instructed iraqi schoolchildren on the concept of human rights and the role of the elections in a democratic society for grades 1-12. we were doing work in this area. iraqis complained that some of our efforts in public health was not being sufficiently publicized to the iraqi public. >> we did not really deal too much with the situation in iraq. we were looking at it from a more global point of view. many of the things you're talking about are the kinds of projects that would come under this strategy now. iraq was a different situation. we were there at large numbers with large forces and could operate in a more direct way than we could
, for the turks, and the arabs. everyone is talking about syria india like iraq. the syrians feel abandoned by everybody. they tell you, we have to sort it out, nobody cares. most of the demonstrations were peaceful, when violence was being exercised by one side, the government. i do not remember in modern times in arab autocrat bombing his own capital. you mentioned certain cities, in damascus, baghdad cairo. they're being bombed by their own leader. the united states, in the early months of the uprising, could have influenced that. encourage others to provide weapons and others. you always run these risks, but in the end, if we talk about the united states power, we may have lost an opportunity in syria. the other thing is the five countries around syria are important for the united states. iraq, we invested a lot. and then you have jordan, which is a traditional ally of the united states. if the syrian problem is allowed to fester, it will spillover. turkey is a modern, powerful country. you would think all these factors would push in the administration to be more forceful. in terms of s
, particularly those who have served in afghanistan and iraq. part of the problem with republicans said that there were other things the government should be doing. they said this was a political exercise that they do not as a really need the government's help. sen. rand paul is a real credit of this saying he would just block the bill entirely for various reasons. he wanted to stop american aid to pakistan until they free their position on the u.s.. this tied up the session all week and they appeared to reach a discussion and they will vote on the 19th. >> the house finishes up the continuing resolution. it will go to the senate now. what is the consensus on when the senate might get to it? >> they were talking about wednesday, thursday, friday. the senate wants to leave the to go home to campaign at the end of next week. there probably will not be a huge controversy over the six month extension. there will be heated debate in both sides will talk about how we have the stock this runaway spending, do something about the debt and deficit. >> what can be done? >> start with the bush era
and secretary donald rumsfeld on issues with iraq, mainly, and the global war on terrorism. in previous positions, he served dealing with a number of national security-related affairs, including director at the pentagon and the assistant to the late senator daniel patrick moynihan. he is the author of a college textbook called "silent warfare: understanding the world of intelligence." it is a pleasure to call him to the microphone. >> thank you very much. i want to make a few comments on islam itself to give you a feel for the kind of discussion we have that report. it is a complicated phenomenon with a lot of strands and movements but i think the most important point is we are talking about a political ideology, that is to say it is a program for reshaping society as a whole, political life, the economy, everything. and its impact, therefore, it is in the political realm just as previous kinds of ideologies became important and had that kind of impact. this is crucial because obviously government officials are reluctant, reasonably so, to get involved in debates about religion. we take
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